AndroidAdvice #3: Extend Android battery life

Android

Need some tips to extend your Android battery life so that it lasts throughout your day? Like the iOSAdvice on extending your battery life, here are 3 ways to best optimize your Android smartphone’s battery so that it will last the whole day.

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1. Turn off LTE data

LTE eats up a lot of your battery when it is turned on. The best way to avoid draining your battery is to turn off LTE data when you don’t need to go online. Luckily, Android offers many ways to do this which makes it VERY convenient to do. For one you can go into settings>More (under Wireless and Networks category)>Mobile Networks and disable Data. The convenient way is go into your notification bar where there is an option to turn on or off Mobile Data. And of course, you can download a widget from the Google Play Store where you can place it on your home screen and just tap the widget for data on or off.

However, if you require data to be on more frequently, you have the option to use 3G or 4G instead of LTE, which doesn’t consume as much power as LTE. To do this, go into Settings>More (under wireless and networks settings)>Mobile Networks>Network Mode then select GSM/WCDMA mode (options may vary depending on your smartphone model and carrier).

2. Close Recent Apps 

On Android, even after you have exited an app, it may still be running in the background. This uses up memory which can drain your battery and may even cause lag on your device.  To stop the app from running in the background, just go into Recent Apps (either by holding down your home button like on the Galaxy S3 or the default Recent Apps button on stock Android) then swipe away the recently opened apps you don’t want running.

3. Turn Off Auto Brightness

The Auto-Brightness feature allows the user to view the screen as clearly as possible based on the light sensor, and does not take into account the battery drainage. The brightness of your screen will be turned up when your device is in direct light so that you can view your screen much better which forces the light sensor to constantly check your lighting. Thus drawing more power which leads to a faster battery drain. It is best to manually manage the brightness of your screen. You can adjust the brightness level by pulling down your notification bar where it will give you a list of settings. Or you can go into Settings>Display>Brightness.

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Andrew is a co-founder of DeviceCritique. As a tech savvy individual, he aims to explains tech in a simple manner while also providing support for those who need help with their devices or computers.